The young boy with cancer whose touchdown run at the Nebraska spring football game was viewed by millions on the Internet is in remission, his father said Monday.
Jack Hoffman, now 8, captured the hearts of Nebraska football fans when, with the players' help, he ran 69 yards to score in April's intrasquad game. His scamper was viewed nearly 8.4 million times on YouTube and replayed on national TV.
The video also won an ESPY award as the "Best Moment."
Jack's father, Andy Hoffman, said the good news about the brain tumor came after an MRI on Wednesday.
"Doctors came in and said this tumor is rock-solid stable," Hoffman said, noting doctors compared the latest MRI to a baseline MRI done in June and saw the malignancy had stopped growing.
The encouraging news was tempered by warnings from the doctors: More than half of kids in Jack's situation have relapses.
"We pray like crazy and hope Jack isn't in that segment," Hoffman said. But it's a long journey, he continued, "and the doctors have done a good job of preparing us."
Jack's tumor grew back after two surgeries in 2011, and it is near his brain stem. The location is considered inoperable now, Hoffman said, but that could change.
Jack, a second-grader, and his family live in Atkinson, a city of about 1,240 in north central Nebraska.
The rest of his family will continue to raise money for cancer research through the Team Jack Foundation.
"We're not living life in fear," Hoffman said. "We're busy living."
The Associated Press